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10 peaks brecon beacons 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 23:27

Mokshaeight - that's been my method now after two recce runs and last year's event (in the fading light).  I'll see what happens this year.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 23:22

I know I have completed 45 events of 50K or more, along with two spectacular DNFs, but I'm afraid my training programme, such as it is, is not necessarily one to be emulated!

The main factors are:

  • learning to eat (normal food) while running
  • spending lots of money on different rucksacks, shoes, socks, and other kit until you find the ones that suit (if you ever do find them ...)
  • trying to look after your feet
  • lots and lots of fun and drama
  • excellent camaraderie

As to training there are two general methods: very long single runs (max probably 35-40 miles), or back to back 'regular length' long runs building up to say a max of a 20 followed by a 30.  I'm in the former camp with a longest single training run to date of 60 miles.

Ridgeway Challenge 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 00:21

Yes, take that.  Once you come down to the Thames early/late evening it is surprisingly cold and you might be glad of an extra layer then.  You will certainly need one on the Downs.  I hope your injury allows you to finish. You will probably know by Goring whether to carry on or not.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 23:55

Good going, jason.

Sagas?  Me?

Haven't had one for ages now, so one is overdue.

Very nice 14 miles and 3900' in the Brecon Beacons this afternoon: Fan Fawr 2408', Fan Frynych 2064', Craig Cerrig-gleisiad 2064', Y Gyrn 2031', Corn Du 2864'. Three of these are 'extras' not on the 10Peaks route.

I'm going to be attempting 19 peaks. There are only three others over 2000' in the central or western Beacons, but they are outliers and I would struggle to include them as well in 24 hours.  One of them might be possible.  See how this year goes.

I never tire of the wonderful, changing views to be had from each summit in turn, showing where you've been and where you've still got to go.

Best countryside in the UK in my opinion.

Often in the middle of nowhere scrabbling around in gullies and crossing bogs but nothing untoward.

Enjoy your running, folks.

Ridgeway Challenge 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 23:40

You starting at the 1000 start, booktrunk?  I'd still take that headtorch from the start, and a top/jacket to wear if it starts getting chilly in the evening.  

I don't know how people manage without a compass on the Downs at night, unless they've got a watch with a big arrow to follow on it.

Hope you all get on well.  I'm looking forward to reading the reports.  Any other Qs I'll try to answer.

10 peaks brecon beacons 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 23:30


Another recce today, starting with Fan Fawr, fast forwarding to Fan Frynych, down to Storey Arms, then a quick jog up to Corn Du and back down by different routes.  Five 2000' peaks, three of them 'extra' ones.

Found a much better line from Fan Fawr to the Fan Llia ridge (although I didn't go along it as far as Fan Llia), but I'm still having trouble locating the top of the path descending to Storey Arms.  The only way to solve the mystery is to go up the path sometime.

10 peaks brecon beacons 2014

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 18:50

sean - an effect certainly, but not sure if a training one!!  I've done the 50 but couldn't begin to contemplate the 100 with its far harder first half and another night with no sleep.

I must know you.  I've done every WRD and three 'Caerphilly Summits' before that.

Sorry, Circlip.  I'm away BH weekend or else I would come out with you.  You'll find the course a little different to the streets of the capital.  Good luck with it.  Hope you've been doing training in the interim?

Jo Pavey

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 01:31

Didn't think she would have enough in the tank for the 5K.  Leaving it until the last 800m was too late, and I don't expect she wanted to take the lead any earlier.

Great commitment, though.

Fartlek -> Pain in top of foot

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 01:13

Try not tying your laces so tightly. Could be a tendon issue.

Run sack that doesn't cause bobbling

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 01:09

If you just wear a vest only your shoulders get bobbled which saves wearing out expensive running tops.

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